Dalston ‘gated community’ plans withdrawn for now

Pic: TfL/Taylor Wimpey

Plans to build a “gated community” in Dalston have been withdrawn and will be reviewed by Transport for London following a request from Hackney Council.

The plans, put forward by owners TfL and development partners Taylor Wimpey, proposed an eight storey residential block on Kingsland High Street.

The community advocacy group OPEN Dalston has been campaigning against the scheme since last April, arguing that the proposals overlook both the local environment and the community’s needs.

They claim that the original plan would have enclosed part of public railway land and that the only green spaces would have been exclusively for residents of the development.

Bill Parry-Davies, founder of OPEN Dalston, told ELL: “What was being proposed is a substantial and entire privatisation of public land without leaving any public communal space.

“Essentially what the developers are doing is capitalising on the area and culture in Dalston and exploiting it for their own advantage, but giving nothing back.”

A spokesperson for TfL and Taylor Wimpey said: “We took the decision to withdraw our planning application in order to make some design revisions requested by the council to improve the proposed scheme. The planning application with the revisions will be re-submitted in the next few weeks.”

Conservative London Assembly Leader and former Queensbridge councillor Andrew Boff said: “It is really good that OPEN Dalston’s concerns have been listened by Hackney Council. It is a chance to rethink the plans they have for Dalston.”

London Mayor Boris Johnson will meet with representatives from OPEN Dalston and TfL to discuss the scheme further on February 11.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London told ELL that the mayor was awaiting the outcome of the meeting before commenting on the future of the scheme.

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